Thomas Putnam in 'Every Brilliant Thing'

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Thomas Putnam, Hamilton-Gibson Productions artistic director, stars in the funny and heart-warming one-man play “Every Brilliant Thing,” this weekend.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 13 and 14 and Sept. 20 and 21, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Ave., Wellsboro. Seating is in the round; audience members choose their own seats.

In the play, the son tells the story of his family, about himself, his mother and father, all affected by mental illness in one way or another.

He charts the journey of the list of all the brilliant things in the world worth living for that he began when he was seven years old.

He left it on his mother’s pillow after she tried to take her life. He continues that list for nearly six decades.

It includes several life-changing events, starting with his first brush with death, the loss of his childhood dog and is an ongoing affirmation of life, according to a press release.

“Every Brilliant Thing” is delightfully fun and playful and definitely moving and tender due in part to the structure of the production during which there is improvisation and audience participation. The play is written in such a way that it is a safe place to be and everyone can relax as they explore what could be a difficult topic.

There will be talk-backs following each performance. Audience members are welcome to stay to discuss what they just experienced.

Reservations are recommended. To reserve seats, call 570-724-2079 or visit https://hamiltongibson.ticketleap.com.